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August 25, 2016
by May De Jesus-Palacpac
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When it comes to my kids, I get protection plus from Ceelin Plus

Did you notice that flu strains seem meaner on the body than it used to? A couple of years ago, I found all three of my kids unable to walk properly because of a flu strain.

Yes, it was only flu that caused it.

In another occasion, my two tornadoes threw up for days until they had to be admitted for hospital confinement because of dehydration.

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I don’t remember flu to be this serious back when I was a child, which tells me that times have changed and some illness strains have evolved. They are meaner and more severe than they had been.

And don’t get me started on respiratory illnesses! According to our former pediatrician, most Filipino children suffer from respiratory conditions because of the amount of pollution we now have. Imagine that!

This is why I consider it important to give my children their daily dose of Vitamin C. Let’s face it, we won’t be available 24/7 to stop them from doing something or going somewhere that may potentially cause them sickness.

For example, my kids may be homeschooled, but they go to their camps and other events with kids their age, and attend Electives and Creatives classes with other homeschoolers. It’s not right for me to hover over them to shield them all the time. I need to give them the space they need to grow and learn on their own.

But of course, when you’re a mom, you really want to make sure that you give your kids the best protection as possible. I make them drink their milk regularly and when it comes to Vitamin C, I don’t experiment, I go for Ceelin Plus.

We’ve used Ceelin for years, in fact, we still have 3 large bottles of it in our house because my mom also bought for my kids, making sure they take the best one.

According to Ceelin’s nutrient chart, a teaspoon of it contains Vitamin C and Zinc equivalent to the nutrients you can get from 10 glasses of milk.

I believe that no matter how rampant illnesses are – there are viruses at the mall, in school, in the swimming pool (a friend’s child had Hand-Foot-Mouth disease after swimming in their condo pool for the first time) and even within the neighborhood (a child across our building was hospitalized for a mild case of Dengue) — a healthy child with healthy habits, in a clean environment, has better chances of fighting off these illnesses and not acquire them.

My kids have not been sick for two years and I think it has a lot to do with their food intake, the number of hours they get to sleep, their multi-vitamins and Ceelin Plus. When it comes to their health, I don’t take chances and neither should any parent.

Ceelin Plus comes in Ceelin Plus Drops, Ceelin Plus Syrup, and Ceelin Plus Chewables in apple and orange flavors. It is created by Pediatech and distributed by Unilab. You can buy Ceelin Plus in all drugstores and leading supermarkets nationwide.

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August 20, 2016
by May De Jesus-Palacpac
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Knorr #LutongNanay: Mom. Homecooked. Home.

It wasn’t the first time I’ve heard it said. I heard it too at the national homeschooling conference four years ago. Many of the things that are supposed to be rooted home have become commercialized, and in effect, has uprooted families from their homes.

The point of that conference was actually to stress the importance of family in healing and rebuilding our nation. It was a message that resonated strongly to me so when Knorr’s Brand Manager for Bouillon and Seasonings, Dhiren Karnani, started talking to us mom bloggers about bringing the family home through homecooked meals at the Knorr #LutongNanay event last August 12, I couldn’t agree more.

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And when Mr. Karnani talked about how our mom’s cooking becomes our standard for good food, we were all nodding vigorously and smiling from ear-to-ear.

I, for one, have asked my mom to give me a run-through of some of her recipes when the kids and I stayed over during Jay’s recent trip to Singapore. I’m not a bad cook, but there’s always about my mom’s cooking that brings back the joys of my childhood.

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As a child, I’ve enjoyed her versions of Kare-Kare, Batangas Batchoy, Tinola, Adobo and Sinigang.

I’ve tasted her Sampaloc-based Sinigang, but my mom is a woman who keeps up with the times, and upon their introduction, she was quick to discover how much time and energy she was able to save in food preparation by using Knorr Sinigang mix and all the different-flavored cubes, haha!

Chef Kai’s Sinigang Variations

The Knorr #LutongNanay event was so much fun! Chef Kai, a well-respected chef and fellow mom, first showed us how to cook Sinigang sa Sampaloc na Liempo while we oohed and aahed at the new preparation techniques that we were learning from her.

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After which, we were grouped into four and were challenged to prepare different Sinigang variations based on recipes that were handed out to us.

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Sinigang na Liempo by Group 4

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Sinigang na Liempo

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 kilo liempo (pork belly), sliced in 2 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 liter water
  • 2 (22 g) pack Knorr Sinigang na Gabi
  • 1 bundle kangkong leaves
  • 3 medium taro root (gabi), peeled and halved
  • 3 medium ripe tomato, halved
  • 2 medium yellow or white onion, quartered
  • 2 cups string beans (sitaw), cut in 2 inch length
  • 1 large Chinese eggplant (talong), sliced
  • 12 pieces okra
  • 3 to 4 pieces long green pepper (siling pansigang)
  • Fish sauce (patis) to taste

PROCEDURE:

  1. Boil the water in a cooking pot.
  2. Add the tomato and onion. Set the heat to medium and continue to boil for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the pork belly and gabi. Continue to boil in low heat for 1 hour or until the pork gets tender. Add more water, if necessary.
  4. Add the Knorr Sinigang na Gabi mix. Stir.
  5. Add the long green chili and boil for 3 minutes.
  6. Stir-in the okra, string beans, and eggplant and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the kangkong and fish sauce. Stir. Cover and turn off the heat. Let it stay covered for 5 minutes.
  8. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  9. Serve with warm rice.
  10. Share and enjoy!

I think we were given the best task – Sizzling Sinigang. It sounded strange to me at first, but we were given the better end of the stick when it comes to plating it because we didn’t have to deal with a lot of broth. Ours had gravy-like sauce made from butter, then later on, added with cornstarch, that we carefully poured over seared vegetables and meat.

Look at our accomplishment! The truth is that I have to give it to fellow mom blogger and team mate Que, who plated it quite beautifully.

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Sizzling Sinigang by our team.

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Our team!

Knorr Sizzling Sinigang Recipe

  • INGREDIENTS:
  • 500 grams Beef Short ribs
  • 10 shallots or baby red onions
  • 12-15 cherry tomatoes
  • 6 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 strings French beans
  • 2 Knorr Beef Cubes
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Knorr Sinigang Mix (add more if preferred)
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp. patis
  • 2 tsp. Knorr Liquid Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • Roux: 3 Tbsp. butter + 3 Tbsp flour

PROCEDURE:

  1. Sear the short ribs in oil and butter until brown. Transfer the beef in a pressure cooker and add water only to cover the meat. Cook for 45 minutes or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat and liquid from pressure cooker.
  3. In a pot, add 6 cups of liquid from pressure cooker and combine with Knorr Sinigang Mix and Beef Cubes. Bring the mixture to a boil then simmer. Season with patis and soy sauce. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. While sinigang broth is simmering, prepare the entire garnish. Deep fry shallots (unpeeled) and the garlic cloves (unpeeled) until crisp. Set aside.
  5. Fry tomatoes until skin cracks. Set aside
  6. Fry the chopped garlic until golden brown. Strain and set aside.
  7. Sauté the French beans for a few minutes. Set aside.
  8. Prepare the roux- in a skillet, add butter, when melted, add the flour. Cook for 1 minute.
  9. Use the roux to thicken the sinigang broth. Add the roux at a time to the broth while mixing with a whisk.
  10. Start plating. Add the beef, beans, tomatoes, garlic and shallots on your serving sizzling plate.
  11. Pour the sinigang broth on top of the plated dish top with garlic chips. Best served with cooked rice.
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Making the roux.

Other variations include Knorr Surf n’ Turf Sinigang and Sinigang with Pakwan.

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Surf N Turf Sinigang

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Knorr Surf and Turf Sinigang Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 L rice washing
  • 2 pcs onions, quartered
  • 2 pcs tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 pcs gabi, quartered
  • 1 pc green chili (sili pansigang)
  • 1⁄4 kg shrimp, trimmed
  • 1⁄4 kg Maya-maya, cut into serving pcs.
  • 1 pack Knorr Sinigang sa Sampalok Original 20g
  • 1⁄4 pc radish, sliced
  • 4 pcs okra
  • 1 cup long beans or sitaw, sliced
  • 1⁄4 kg pork sukiyaki, sautéed
  • 1 cup kangkong, sliced

PROCEDURE:

  1. Bring to boil rice washing in a pot with onions, tomatoes, gabi, and green chili until gabi is tender.
  2. Add shrimp, maya-maya, and Knorr Sinigang sa Sampalok Original. Simmer until cooked.
  3. Add radish, okra, and long beans. Simmer for a minute then add pork sukiyaki and kangkong. Cover for a minute then serve.
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Sinigang with Pakwan.

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The Surf N Turf team.

Knorr Sinigang with Pakwan

INGREDIENTS:

  • 500 grams Pork Belly 3 inches x 1 inch slices
  • 3 tbsp Knorr Liquid Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp
vegetable oil
  • 1 liter water
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2
 onion, cut into 2 wedges
  • 3 pcs tomatoes, sliced into quarters
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, cut into fine matchsticks
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, white part only
  • 2 pcs fresh kaffir leaves (optional)
  • 200 grams gabi, sliced into cubes
  • 500 grams seedless watermelon, peeled & cut into 1inch cubes (divided into 2 parts)
  • 1 22-gram pack Knorr Sinigang sa Gabi mix
  • 1 cube from Knorr Beef Cubes
  • 2 long green chillies, sliced
  • 150 grams sitaw, cut into 7 cm lengths
  • 1 tbsp
fish sauce, plus extra to taste
  • ¼ tsp
freshly ground black pepper
  • 100 grams okra
  • 1 bunch
water kangkong
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Steamed rice, to serve
  • fish sauce to serve

PROCEDURE:

  1. Marinate the pork belly in Knorr Liquid Seasoning for at least 30 mins.
  2. Place a large casserole over medium-high heat. Add the oil and, working in batches, cook the pork until evenly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic and onions to the casserole. Add the tomatoes, ginger lemongrass, gabi and watermelon and cook for 2 minutes before returning the pork to the casserole.
  4. Add the water, Knorr Sinigang Mix and Knorr Beef Cube. Cook for a further 1–1½ hours until the pork is almost tender.
  5. When the pork is tender. Remove the pork from the casserole and set aside. Strain the liquid and add the fish sauce, soy sauce and pepper to taste.
  6. Add the remaining watermelon, beans, and okra and cook for 20 minutes, before adding the water spinach and cooking for a further minute until all the vegetables are tender.
  7. Serve with steamed white rice and fish sauce for dipping.
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Mommy Louise Fandino hosted the event

Of course, we all went home with a basket of Knorr goodies.

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Our take-home goodies.

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Mommy Bloggers Philippines

Thank you very much, Knorr and Mommy Bloggers Philippines. I had a really amazing time. I hope that our children will all love coming home to eat with family.

For more on Knorr, please visit the following links:

Website: www.knorr.com.ph/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/KnorrPhilippines/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Knorr
Instagram: www.instagram.com/knorrph/

Till next cooking!

August 19, 2016
by May De Jesus-Palacpac
24 Comments

Didn’t your mama teach you not to waste your food?

Food is one of the things that many people take for granted in the Philippines despite the issues we have with poverty. I think that it’s because we won’t really understand the importance of something until we experience its loss firsthand, or if we at least have a closer look at lack and famine.

Which is why I’m glad to know that GLAD has been pro-active in educating the youth on the pressing need to lessen food wastage. One has to be!

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According to GLAD Philippines Sales and Marketing Director, Paulo Lao, GLAD’s mission is to reduce food waste by partnering with consumers on why, when, and how to protect food.” Why? He explains that studies show that Filipinos waste food enough to feed 4.2 million people in a day.

By partnering with Jolly University, a program that aims to educate the next generation of chefs, food handlers and food entrepreneurs, GLAD has been providing participants from different colleges and universities in Metro Manila insights on how to store food properly.

And what better way to do this than by demonstrating to the students how to do it using tools created by the brand we’re already familiar with? GLAD Cling Wrap, Press ‘N Seal, Storage Zipper Bag, Freezer Zipper Bag, and Gladware containers are just some of these reliable food protection products that are made available for us to use to keep our food fresh and protected for a longer period of time.

GLAD cling wrap, aluminum foil and zipper bags are necessities in our home. Since I work from home, I tend to cook a lot in the evening and just heat up the leftovers for lunch the next day so the kids won’t suffer when I’m trying to beat a deadline or when I have Skype meetings all throughout the day.

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Here’s a tip I learned from Food and Nutrition Research Institute registered dietician and nutritionist, Josefina Gonzales: Dry food should be kept in tightly-kept containers and in dry, well-ventilated area. Storing food in the right temperature is key!

Food poisoning can happen if you don’t store your food right and food poisoning has a lot to do with how food is handled. GLADware containers are perfectly designed for this need.

And who doesn’t have sandwich bags? I use it for almost everything! I use it for my kids’ baon – from sandwiches to sweets. I even use it for their crayons when the boxes get torn apart – but that’s  not food, so let’s move on, hah!

And I like keeping my freezer organized. I used to use plastic containers to store raw meat but we don’t have a big refrigerator, so the large freezer bags are such space savers.

Plus they don’t get freezer-burned even when it gets too cold. I can still recognize what meat I put in them and can still read the labels even with all the frost.

Look at them beauties!

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Sure you can just stash the meat and the fish you got from the supermarket in the freezer, but the plastic sticks to the refrigerator and it’s so hard to get them out. With freezer storage bags, it’s easier to pull them out because the plastic is sturdy. They don’t tear easily.

Then there are the Cling Wraps! I love it when we visit my mom and she would send us home with food I loved from childhood cling-wrapped and preserved for our meals here.

But then, there’s now Press ‘N Seal, which I was told, is spill-free and can be used as a lid for any container. So the next time we visit my mom, you’ll definitely find Press ‘N Seal ready in my bag, haha!

I think it’s great that the youth is being educated about food wastage and food preservation. In hindsight, they are also being taught not to take the things they have for granted. I, on the other hand, will do my best to educate my children too, not only by telling them but by showing them by example how to be mindful in preserving, handling and storing food.

GLAD food protection products are available in supermarkets nationwide. For more tips on food storage and for other interesting food insights:

GLAD Kitchen
Clorox International Philippines, Inc.
15th Floor JMT Corporate Condominium,
ADB Ave. Ortigas Center,
Pasig City 1605
Email: glad.kitchen.manila@gmail.com
Website: www.glad.com.ph/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GladKitchen
Instagram: www.instagram.com/gladkitchen/
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